Province of Jersey
OAKWELL - LIFELITES
Province of Jersey 2015/6 CHARITY
A RESPITE centre which offers short breaks and support to families whose children have disabilities has been presented with thousands of pounds' worth of interactive equipment.
Oakwell Children's Respite Centre in St Brelade was given £64,000 by the Freemasons of Jersey to buy specially designed technology from UK charity Lifelites.
The charity, which was established 16 years ago, provides technology packages for thousands of terminally ill and disabled children across the British Isles.
Joanne Cowen, service lead of short breaks at Oak- well, said: 'All bedrooms are now fitted with smart televisions which enhance options for children, as they have access to their favourite music, programmes and movies.
'Lifelites provide our staff with a lot of support and training to use the equipment, which is invaluable.' Some of the other technology provided to the respite centre includes eye gaze equipment, which enables children to communicate by using just their eyes when they are not able to control their body movements or speech, four iPads, as well as a 'magic carpet' which projects interactive games and images onto the floor that users can play with and control by moving on or over an image.
The respite centre was formally presented with its new equipment at a ceremony this week in front of representatives from Freemasons of Jersey, Lifelites trainers and a number of staff from the Health Department.
Kenneth Rondel, the Provincial Grand Master for the Freemasons of Jersey, said: 'The Freemasons of Jersey are delighted to have been able to sponsor this amazing and life-enhancing equipment being provided by Lifelites.
'The dedicated and wonderful work being done at Oakwell Children's Respite Centre is a credit to the care facilities in Jersey and the children are already benefiting from this state-of-the-art equipment, which will not only help the children but their families too.'